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Working at Bliss, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life. But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his offic Working at Bliss, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life. But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can't stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party. Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course. Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?


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Working at Bliss, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life. But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his offic Working at Bliss, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life. But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can't stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party. Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course. Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

30 review for Fake Date

  1. 4 out of 5

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    He buys sexy lingerie from her for different women all the time Terrific story about a pair of complete opposites who end up on a fake date. Sarah Harrison works at a high end lingerie shop called Bliss. She has worked there for the past two years in order to make ends meet. Her parents died 4 years ago, when she was twenty and she had to give up her future dreams to help raise her siblings, a brother who was still in high school and He buys sexy lingerie from her for different women all the time Terrific story about a pair of complete opposites who end up on a fake date. Sarah Harrison works at a high end lingerie shop called Bliss. She has worked there for the past two years in order to make ends meet. Her parents died 4 years ago, when she was twenty and she had to give up her future dreams to help raise her siblings, a brother who was still in high school and a sister who was only twelve at the time. Sarah has worked her way up to sales and is now full time and works as a personal shopper to some of the clients. One of her clients that she sees every two to four weeks is Jared Gaines, a Billionaire businessman who drives her crazy. He is not only wealthy, but extremely attractive and he buys intimate lingerie for his many women or “mistresses” as she likes to call them to get on his nerves. They constantly exchange barbs during their meetings and every So often a heated look comes her way as well. From there on the story is great. It is funny how Sarah can’t figure out what to do with him. She is attracted to him without a doubt, but afraid because of all the lingerie he buys for other women. She knows what a player he must be. Jared, on the other hand is completely attracted to Sarah and hasn’t actually been dating anyone for the last six months, but has been buying lingerie just to see Sarah. However, he doesn’t do relationships. Ever since he fell in love when he was younger and was dumped four months before the wedding. He no longer believes in love, only lust. These two are funny together because they can never seem to just get things right. It is a fun story and it held my interest the entire time. The side characters, including Jared’s sister Candice and Sarah ‘s family are great. The next book will be about Candice and looks good. She is quite a firecracker herself. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Monica Murphy

    A standalone, sexy romance with a hate-to-love-you vibe! 💗Available now!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Ryan

    An undeniably fun romp. Chemistry galore and two characters I was definitely rooting for. Yay Sarh and Jared!! <3

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    2.5 Stars In the world of romancelandia, some meet-cutes are just better than others. Girl clumsily stumbles into a hard wall of man that’s actually her hot new neighbor? Solid choice. Boy spots girl across a crowded bar and buys her a drink? Kinda boring but most definitely a solid meeting. Helping a cantankerous asshole pick out lingerie for his bevy of mistresses for six months until he finally asks “what’s your bra size?” and starts sending lingerie to your house without provocation isn’t so cute, people! That’s sm 2.5 Stars In the world of romancelandia, some meet-cutes are just better than others. Girl clumsily stumbles into a hard wall of man that’s actually her hot new neighbor? Solid choice. Boy spots girl across a crowded bar and buys her a drink? Kinda boring but most definitely a solid meeting. Helping a cantankerous asshole pick out lingerie for his bevy of mistresses for six months until he finally asks “what’s your bra size?” and starts sending lingerie to your house without provocation isn’t so cute, people! That’s smack dab in the middle of Creepytown. Yep, Sara and Jared meet when Jared chooses her to be his one and only salesperson at the high end lingerie boutique she works at. Used to most women throwing themselves at him or not putting up enough of a challenge due to the huge wallet attached to him, Jared finds Sara’s slightly snarky, take it or leave it attitude refreshing. Sara’s always been attracted to Jared, even though he can be an entitled jerk and seems to have enough mistresses to keep a lingerie store afloat all by himself. Admittedly, Sara could use a break being the main breadwinner for her orphaned brother and sister, but she knows a fling with Jared would be a disaster. Hold tight to that thought, sunshine. Going into this, I loved the premise for Fake Date. I love a good fake relationship turned real life love trope as much as the next person, and while that was the case here, I don’t think the story was as successful as others I’ve read. Jared purposely withheld a huge reason for wanting the fake date in the first place and when that info finally landed, it was difficult to look past. I enjoyed Sara, her group of friends and basically every other female in this story. Even the ex-fiancé was a lovely addition. I’ve been a huge fan of Monica Murphy for years and that’s not changing anytime soon. So why the sub-3 star rating? That’s all on you, Jared. He started off being a self-centered douche and pretty much continued on that trek. I know there was some growth there at the end thrown in for good measure, but it felt like the kind that wasn’t going to stick. At some point, I’d would’ve liked the man to apologize just once on his own without being railroaded to do it by someone else. While not exactly a winner for me, I will be checking out future releases from this series to see what’s in store for the rest of the group. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miftahul

    I don’t like quiet. I don’t trust quiet. Don’t trust men with too many “girlfriends” either. title - fake date author - Monica Murphy genre- romance publish date- 17 September 2019 amazon- Fake Date https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T84FRHY/... my bookstagram- https://www.instagram.com/miftahul_ms... ♥♥♥♥ standalone novel by Monica Murphy Sarah Harrison works at a high known Lingerie shop and she hates her client. Her parents died when she was young and from then on she had to take care of her siblings. When one of her weekly client Jared Gaines, a rich playboy business man starts sending her expensive g I don’t like quiet. I don’t trust quiet. Don’t trust men with too many “girlfriends” either. title - fake date author - Monica Murphy genre- romance publish date- 17 September 2019 amazon- Fake Date https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T84FRHY/... my bookstagram- https://www.instagram.com/miftahul_ms... ♥️♥️♥️♥️ standalone novel by Monica Murphy Sarah Harrison works at a high known Lingerie shop and she hates her client. Her parents died when she was young and from then on she had to take care of her siblings. When one of her weekly client Jared Gaines, a rich playboy business man starts sending her expensive gifts, she confronts him and he offers her to be his fake date for his brother"s engagement. She is attracted to him, she knows he is a player and she also knows he doesnt believe in love but rather lust. but this time its different, Jared wants Sarah and he is ready to fall in love. I feel like I’m dreaming, like I’m freaking Cinderella. But Jared Gaines is not my Prince Charming. Sarah and Jared"s story is really interesting. it was funny because Jared is such a cold character, I mean he might be the biggest jerk ever and Sarah didn't know what to do with him but she was feisty and didn't let him behave like shit with her. I loved their chemistry and the age gap was HOT! I thought there ll be a crazy ex gf because Jared had a past but there was none, rather everybody in this book were kind and friendly. I liked how sassy Sarah was and how Jared found her up to his mark because no one talked with him the way she did but still he called her a baby because she was 10 years younger than her. again. the age gap between them was everything! This plot is really common to Me and I thought it didn't need 300 pages because many things didn't happen really in this book. it had like 4-5 main parts which were stretched out in descriptive words which took 300 pages to complete. it really didnt need so much information and I skipped some pages because the same thing was happening again and again, also i have read many books with a plot like this where the guy asks to be the girl to be his fake date and they fall in love. This book focused on the unnecessary parts more than the necessary ones because there was no interaction or scene between Sarah"s siblings and Jared because her siblings are one of the main characters whom she dedicated her life to and we dont even get to see their characters after Sarah"s agrees to be Jared"s fake date. I wanted to see more of her sibling"s character rather than some extra words. however, the fact that Jared confessed he liked Sarah and they started dating before the engagement, made this book a little different and I started gaining interest in it towards the end. chemistry- ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ plot- ♥️♥️♥️ hero- ♥️♥️♥️♥️ heroine- ♥️♥️♥️♥️ family- ♥️♥️♥️♥️ friends- ♥️♥️♥️ sexual tension- ♥️♥️♥️ sex- ♥️♥️♥️♥️ writing- ♥️♥️♥️ book cover- ♥️♥️♥️

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: September 17, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance I love Monica Murphy's books! This series though may just be my favorite of them all! Readers who are fans of fake relationships, and couples who are complete opposites are going to fall head over heels for this one! It's funny, charming, and absolutely addicting! I love the reason that Sara and Jared connected in the first place (it made me SWOON HARD) even if Sara had completely different ideas in the beginning. Mon/> Release Date: September 17, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Romance I love Monica Murphy's books! This series though may just be my favorite of them all! Readers who are fans of fake relationships, and couples who are complete opposites are going to fall head over heels for this one! It's funny, charming, and absolutely addicting! I love the reason that Sara and Jared connected in the first place (it made me SWOON HARD) even if Sara had completely different ideas in the beginning. Monica knows how to write in these cute little quirks and scenes that just make the book magical and this part my friends is one of them! I can't say what because I don't want to spoil it but I think readers are going to be gushing! All in all, this book is a MAJOR winner and Monica won over my heart. I can't wait to read the next one! PS: Aren't these covers the absolute cutest?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I admit that I would read anything Monica Murphy writes, but this story was so good. The hero, Jared is such a jerk in the beginning that you almost don’t want to see him and Sarah get together. Once you learn why he is this way, you fall in love with him and are hoping that he gets the girl. Sarah is struggling to get through life and doesn’t need any outside interference, but Jared just worms his way in to her life and her heart. I really enjoyed this relationship and the hurdles that were thr I admit that I would read anything Monica Murphy writes, but this story was so good. The hero, Jared is such a jerk in the beginning that you almost don’t want to see him and Sarah get together. Once you learn why he is this way, you fall in love with him and are hoping that he gets the girl. Sarah is struggling to get through life and doesn’t need any outside interference, but Jared just worms his way in to her life and her heart. I really enjoyed this relationship and the hurdles that were thrown at them. I cannot wait to see what happens to rest of Sarah’s friends! Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    I am a sucker for the fake dating trope and this book really gave me that. I really loved these characters and the chapters really flew by! Even though this was the second book in a series,(I didn’t know that before I started) I never felt lost. It was easy to follow along and Murphy’s writing was great. She had a way of writing that gets me lost in her words and her characters. Speaking of characters, I have to say that I am living for the female friendship group that we get in this book! Loving! I was rooting for theseries,(I I am a sucker for the fake dating trope and this book really gave me that. I really loved these characters and the chapters really flew by! Even though this was the second book in a series,(I didn’t know that before I started) I never felt lost. It was easy to follow along and Murphy’s writing was great. She had a way of writing that gets me lost in her words and her characters. Speaking of characters, I have to say that I am living for the female friendship group that we get in this book! Loving! I was rooting for these two as soon as we got to witness the banter between them. They were sarcastic and the chemistry was downright sinful. I haven’t been this invested in a couple in quite a while. Like seriously, I was craving for this relationship to become real. Sarah was feisty and I loved it when she continuously called Jared on his behavior. While yes Jared was an ass, he was willing to change. He was willing to become a better man because he knew that Sarah deserved better. I swoon over that than flirty words any day. The next book is about Jared’s sister Candice and it sounds like an absolute hallmark movie. Saving that one until closer to Christmas will be so tough! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    OK, I'll be honest here--I'm not into billionaire romances generally. However, I do love a fake dating trope, so that's why I requested this one despite some... reservations about the blurb. I really should've listened to my intuition about this, which was "yikes!" I'll start with the good: I liked Sarah, the female protagonist of this. She's only in her early 20s but took on the responsibility of caring for her two younger siblings when she was only 20 years old when their parents di OK, I'll be honest here--I'm not into billionaire romances generally. However, I do love a fake dating trope, so that's why I requested this one despite some... reservations about the blurb. I really should've listened to my intuition about this, which was "yikes!" I'll start with the good: I liked Sarah, the female protagonist of this. She's only in her early 20s but took on the responsibility of caring for her two younger siblings when she was only 20 years old when their parents died in a car accident. That's an enormous amount of responsibility for someone her age, and I think it's made her more mature. She certainly came across as the more mature of the two protagonists, at least--and the male protagonist, Jared, is 10 years older than her, so that says something. I also liked the female friendships in this; not just Sarah's group of friends, but also the friendship that develops between Sarah and Candice, Jared's sister. And it was refreshing that Jared's ex is not an Evil Other Woman. The real issue with this book is Jared. I couldn't stand him! First, it's completely inappropriate for him to ask Sarah, in her position as his personal shopper/sales associate at the lingerie store, what size clothing and bras she wears. And she... tells him? Like, seriously? I'd tell him to go fuck himself and report this to my boss, and asked that he either be totally banned from the store (which, in this case, was unlikely to happen) or at the very least have him reassigned to a new person. I knew from the blurb that he was ordering her lingerie, so that should've been a red flag, but I dunno... I didn't think about how he found out. Also, he asks one of her colleagues for Sarah's address, and the colleague gives it to him! Again, what on earth? What if he was dangerous? What if he turned out to be some kind of stalker? Hello, these rules exist for a reason! Jared is a MAN CHILD. He's incredibly rude to everyone, including Sarah. I know antagonism is a common ~theme~ in romance, but he's honestly awful to her. And he's also terrible to his family members. There is one point in the story where he makes the most judgmental comment to his sister about what she eats for breakfast, and I was FURIOUS. I mean, Sarah storms out and tells him to apologize to his sister, but they make up soon afterwards. Then suddenly he's like, "I want to make this a real relationships because I care about you." I found that almost... jarring. And honestly? didn't really understand their attraction to each other beyond the physical. Sarah has to call him out for his terrible behavior over the course of the book. I'm not saying characters have to be perfect--on the contrary, I appreciate a nice character arc as much as the next person--but it doesn't work here at all. Why? Because 1) he's an adult and he still acts like a teenager; 2) he only apologizes when he's compelled to by another person (e.g. his sister or Sarah), because he's incapable of realizing on his own that his behavior sucks; and 3) Sarah shouldn't have to get him to stop being a CHILD and grow up. Honestly, by the end of the book, I wanted him to drive off a cliff and for Sarah to find someone who actually deserved her. I don't care how much money he has, or how ~damaged~ he is from losing a parent and a failed engagement... he's a jerk. He is not life partner material at all. I would not recommend this book unless you want to read about a woman who otherwise has a good head on her shoulders falling for an immature asshole. (Note: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    3.5 Stars / 2.5 Steam Fans Sadly this story was a meh, frustrating, and super slow burn story for me. Sarah works at a lingerie store that is super high end and taking care of her siblings after their parent’s death. Jared is a successful bachelor that has been frequenting the lingerie store and working with Sarah to buy lingerie. Jared needs a date for his brother's engagement party so he gets Sarah to "fake" date him. I was frustrated with Sarah's responsibility and status issues and Jared's "brok 3.5 Stars / 2.5 Steam Fans Sadly this story was a meh, frustrating, and super slow burn story for me. Sarah works at a lingerie store that is super high end and taking care of her siblings after their parent’s death. Jared is a successful bachelor that has been frequenting the lingerie store and working with Sarah to buy lingerie. Jared needs a date for his brother's engagement party so he gets Sarah to "fake" date him. I was frustrated with Sarah's responsibility and status issues and Jared's "broken heart" issues got old really quick. This just did not go anywhere for me. This specific video review will be included in the October 2019 wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out me YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate R

    Fake Date is the second book in the Dating series. Characters from the first one do appear in this one, but it’s still a standalone. It’s a contemporary romance with a fake relationship trope. However, this is not your usual fake relationship trope. It doesn’t follow the usual storyline for that, and there are several parts they make fun of romance movies and specifically fake relationship tropes. It was refreshing, different, and quite creative. Sarah was a great character. She is raising her y Fake Date is the second book in the Dating series. Characters from the first one do appear in this one, but it’s still a standalone. It’s a contemporary romance with a fake relationship trope. However, this is not your usual fake relationship trope. It doesn’t follow the usual storyline for that, and there are several parts they make fun of romance movies and specifically fake relationship tropes. It was refreshing, different, and quite creative. Sarah was a great character. She is raising her younger siblings, always does the right thing, and is responsible and mature for her age. Also, all of the girls in the book were nice and supportive of each other, even the one you would assume would be horrible. This is so rare in books and I loved this so much. I did struggle with Jared’s character a lot. He came off as an entitled jerk. He had very few redeeming qualities in my opinion. Therefore, I really thought Sarah deserved better than him and didn’t like them together at all. Although, he does get slightly less jerky with Sarah trying to make him into a better person. Overall, I thought it was a creative, entertaining take on a fake relationship trope and I would recommend this. * I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    A new Monica Murphy romance novel that will have you flipping every page for more and more... Okay so Sarah and Jared have slowly mended their way into my heart with this compelling love story! I have no idea how Monica has created another stand-alone in this series. There is witty banter, love, passion, joking, and some nice filthy scenes that will have you heated for sure. Fake relationship tropes are actually not my favorite, but this one made an impact for sure. Make sure you do not miss out on Sarah a A new Monica Murphy romance novel that will have you flipping every page for more and more... Okay so Sarah and Jared have slowly mended their way into my heart with this compelling love story! I have no idea how Monica has created another stand-alone in this series. There is witty banter, love, passion, joking, and some nice filthy scenes that will have you heated for sure. Fake relationship tropes are actually not my favorite, but this one made an impact for sure. Make sure you do not miss out on Sarah and Jared's story because though it is a trope that will have you swooning! ARC kindly provided by the publicist, in exchange for an honest review... Follow Me On: Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Fake Date by Monica Murphy is book 2 in the Dating Series. This is the story of Sarah Harrison and Jared Gaines. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book. Sarah works at Bliss a lingerie shop where Jared seems to frequent to by a women in his life gifts. They usually have a heated discussion / flirt session. But then the gifts he buys he starts to give to Sarah. Sarah confronts him about this and he tells her that he needs her to be his fake date to his brother' Fake Date by Monica Murphy is book 2 in the Dating Series. This is the story of Sarah Harrison and Jared Gaines. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book. Sarah works at Bliss a lingerie shop where Jared seems to frequent to by a women in his life gifts. They usually have a heated discussion / flirt session. But then the gifts he buys he starts to give to Sarah. Sarah confronts him about this and he tells her that he needs her to be his fake date to his brother's wedding. Of course the falseness starts to feel real but will they actually do it. This was a fun hot read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Happily Mary After

    Gah. Love this series and the second book is a sexy and fun enemies-t0-lovers romance that you do not want to miss. Full rec on Frolic to follow soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Jared was a big NO for me. To be clear, he was a massively petulant, immature, cold, self-absorbed NO of a lover, brother, son, and all around person. I loved that Sarah read him the riot act and made him apologize to his family members, but the guy never got a clue. Jared was the same jerk at the end of the book as he was from the start. You can imagine my reaction when I read the author's note that she originally wrote Jared to be an even bigger ass. Let's start with Jared's bizarre Jared was a big NO for me. To be clear, he was a massively petulant, immature, cold, self-absorbed NO of a lover, brother, son, and all around person. I loved that Sarah read him the riot act and made him apologize to his family members, but the guy never got a clue. Jared was the same jerk at the end of the book as he was from the start. You can imagine my reaction when I read the author's note that she originally wrote Jared to be an even bigger ass. Let's start with Jared's bizarre wooing of Sarah: after months of buying lingerie purportedly for other women, Jared sends to Sarah's home a bra and panty set from the store she works at. (Sarah, no matter how much your friends tell you this is not creepy, this really is.) Sarah has no idea Jared's interested because he's always been "rude and demanding and cold and discerningly quiet", and "most of the time he looks at me like I disgust him". Things ramp up when Jared sends her a pair of Louboutins with a note, "Call Me". Turns out Jared firmly believes that his money, power, and looks mean he doesn't need to be nice. Other than Sarah's looks, it appears he's only attracted because she doesn't fall at his feet like all other women: "Women tend to just fall at my feet and do whatever I want, whenever I want it.” Her delicate brows shoot straight up. “Ego much?” I ignore her little jabs. “They don’t ever play hard to get.” “Really? Well, I’m pretty sure I do,” she says with the faintest hint of triumph. “Yes,” I agree. “You do.” And that’s what I like the most about her. Ok, but what's to like about Jared? He pretty much tuned out his dad and siblings after his mother's death from cancer years ago. He's still smarting over the fact that his ex-fiancee broke off their engagement years ago. Basically, everyone has moved on but Jared. That doesn't explain his brusque, rude manner towards everyone, including Sarah who has to call him out every time he says or does something hurtful.“You have to understand, Sarah. Sometimes when I’m tired or feeling impatient I act like…” “An asshole?” I supply for him. Jared glances over his shoulder, giving me the faintest smile. “Yeah. That.” He remains quiet for a while and I’m ready to choke on the words I want to say to him, so I just let it all spill out. “If you want my help, then you need to treat me with respect at the very least, Jared. You keep acting like a total asshole all the time, and I don’t want to have anything to do with you,” I tell his broad back. Go, Sarah, go! Unfortunately, Sarah ends up not only pointing out what a jerk Jared is to his stepmother, brother, and sister but Jared also embarrasses her in the worst way in front of his family and ex-fiancee. And if not for his little sister's interference, Jared would have done nothing to fix it. I was so done with him. I only wished that Sarah was, too. Note: I voluntarily read and reviewed this eARC generously provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. I love, love, love the fake dating trope and this one had me glued to the pages! I have read some of this author's other books so I knew that I was in store for something memorable. As far as fake romance tropes go, the plot for this book started off strangely to me. When a man starts buying you lingerie, the red flags kid of go up in your mi Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. I love, love, love the fake dating trope and this one had me glued to the pages! I have read some of this author's other books so I knew that I was in store for something memorable. As far as fake romance tropes go, the plot for this book started off strangely to me. When a man starts buying you lingerie, the red flags kid of go up in your mind. Usually. Normally. I felt that this part of the plot wasn't the most realistic, but after we get past the "meet-cute" portion of the story the rest kind of falls into place. Jared is one of those characters that gets under your skin in the worst way. I had a hard time warming up to him, if I'm being honest. He was rude and even creepy at times. If it wasn't for the chemistry between the main characters, I don't know if I would have enjoyed this romance as much. I still enjoyed the story, but Jared really did irk me continuously. Luckily, Sarah was the type of girl to put him in his place. She spoke her mind and didn't take any crap from him. Probably why they were so perfect for each other. The romance was hot. The attraction was so very obvious. I admit that Jared sending Sarah lingerie was a little creepy to me (what non-creep does that?) but once the fake relationship started things moved away from the creeper zone. There is just something about a fake relationship trope that is so tantalizing. Overall, this is a story that I really enjoyed though I still have some reservations about the male lead character's personality and actions. This story is fun, passionate, and has some great underlying themes. I very much liked this book and I can't wait for the next book in this series! More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you to Social Butterfly and the author for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. Fake Date By: Monica Murphy *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟 I'm torn about Fake Date. I did like the overall idea and most of the characters. The thing I didn't like was the male lead, Jared. He's the sexy brooding mysterious billionaire who frequently comes into the lingerie shop where Sarah, the female lead, works, and buys lingerie for his mistresses, presumably. One day, Jared sends some lingerie as a gif Thank you to Social Butterfly and the author for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. Fake Date By: Monica Murphy *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟 I'm torn about Fake Date. I did like the overall idea and most of the characters. The thing I didn't like was the male lead, Jared. He's the sexy brooding mysterious billionaire who frequently comes into the lingerie shop where Sarah, the female lead, works, and buys lingerie for his mistresses, presumably. One day, Jared sends some lingerie as a gift to Sarah, and he keeps sending more. Granted, she has met Jared in person, but she knows nothing about him. If a male acquaintance, purchasing lingerie mind you, sent this to me, I would call the cops because he's obviously a creepy pervert. The premise is cute, and I understand its appeal; however, I just couldn't make myself believe that any woman would think this is okay. Sarah does, though, and she agrees to be his fake date for a wedding. Jared sends inappropriate stalkerish gifts, so you go away alone somewhere with him??? Nooooo! Sarah is a grown woman with a lot of responsibility, but she does something stupid like this? It's not believable enough for me. The story lost me after this because I could not connect with Sarah or the situation. Jared continued to be a jerk, and it was just too much ridiculousness. I did finish the story. I'm bummed because I wanted to like it so much more than I actually did. Unfortunately, I couldn't squeeze enough reality out of the story to make it plausible and fun.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Fake Date is the second book in the Dating series by Monica Murphy The only thing that I didn't like in this book was Jared. Yeah, it's a major thing to not like, but I didn't hate the book. I just had a strong dislike for him. His way of approaching Sarah was not a good one and I wasn't sure what to think of him in the beginning. He is very arrogant and I don't feel like I understood what was driving him for most of the book. Sarah is much more likable and logical, even if she was letting her s Fake Date is the second book in the Dating series by Monica Murphy The only thing that I didn't like in this book was Jared. Yeah, it's a major thing to not like, but I didn't hate the book. I just had a strong dislike for him. His way of approaching Sarah was not a good one and I wasn't sure what to think of him in the beginning. He is very arrogant and I don't feel like I understood what was driving him for most of the book. Sarah is much more likable and logical, even if she was letting her siblings get away with pretty much everything. And speaking of siblings, I found myself having the same problem as I did in the first book. There is not much interaction between the main characters and the siblings. I think that the only reason Sarah spent so much time with Candice is because Candice is going to be the heroine of the next book in the series. Another question I have is about Jared's net worth. I got the impression that he wasn't very loaded, but people seem to think that he is. Overall, I liked the book and I could get past Jared's weirdness, so it wasn't that bad. I would recommend the book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    romancejunkie

    Sarah works at a lingerie shop, where she has one client who is there frequently, Jared Gaines and they were always bickering each other up and flirting with each other. Some time later he becames bold and gives her the lingeries he bought, she confronts him on it and after talking a little he asks her if she would accept to be his fake date for his brother's engagement party. As the two spend time together, they began having feelings for each other. Will their love story have a happy ending o Sarah works at a lingerie shop, where she has one client who is there frequently, Jared Gaines and they were always bickering each other up and flirting with each other. Some time later he becames bold and gives her the lingeries he bought, she confronts him on it and after talking a little he asks her if she would accept to be his fake date for his brother's engagement party. As the two spend time together, they began having feelings for each other. Will their love story have a happy ending or will Jared's past hurts cause problems between them? A sweet romantic comedy, i enjoyed the book. I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review, all opinions here are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Sarah works at Bliss a lingerie store and she’s the one that helps Jared when he shops at the store. Jared is a jerk but I can see why he is the way he is. He’s not only a jerk to Sarah, he’s a jerk with everyone even his own family. He’s too serious but he can different when he lets his guard down a bit. Jared has been hurt quite a bit in life. It’s true he shouldn’t take it out on others but that’s how he knows how to deal with things in his life. I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend Sarah works at Bliss a lingerie store and she’s the one that helps Jared when he shops at the store. Jared is a jerk but I can see why he is the way he is. He’s not only a jerk to Sarah, he’s a jerk with everyone even his own family. He’s too serious but he can different when he lets his guard down a bit. Jared has been hurt quite a bit in life. It’s true he shouldn’t take it out on others but that’s how he knows how to deal with things in his life. I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faith89

    A grouchy alpha who is a little awkward in most polite situations. Jared is at best too blunt. Unless he is hate flirting with Sarah in the lingerie shop. the two start off with what they think is a total dislike of each other. However, they are attracted. when Sarah and Jared attempt a weekend of fake dating, things come to a head. Cute story with likable characters. Jared is comical and awkward in a lot of situations. He is only willing to change for Sarah. Sarah is sweet and wants see Jared c A grouchy alpha who is a little awkward in most polite situations. Jared is at best too blunt. Unless he is hate flirting with Sarah in the lingerie shop. the two start off with what they think is a total dislike of each other. However, they are attracted. when Sarah and Jared attempt a weekend of fake dating, things come to a head. Cute story with likable characters. Jared is comical and awkward in a lot of situations. He is only willing to change for Sarah. Sarah is sweet and wants see Jared change and especially with his family. There are some fun moments and some sad moments but in the end the story will give you a good feeling .

  22. 5 out of 5

    - Michelle Claypot_Reads

    3.5 stars for me I had mixed feelings about this one. I really liked the female lead - Sarah has a lot on her plate for a 20 year old. She's the guardian for her siblings, working and trying to keep herself sane. In walks Jared. Textbook billionaire asshole and although there were moments I liked him, there were a lot of moments I didn't. I enjoyed this one, but didn't love it like I usually do a billionaire romance. I received an arc of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dini Kamayana

    2.5-3 stars. This was a very easy and quick read that was enjoyable enough for me in certain parts, but it sadly lacked depth/development. I know not all romances need it, but as this sits at almost 400 pages, you'd think there'd be more substance. When I first saw Fake Date I didn't realise it was part of a series, but it works as a standalone too. I liked where the story was going initially, but the follow through wasn't quite there. This had a few sexy scenes, but the actual scenes are fade to black or very 2.5-3 stars. This was a very easy and quick read that was enjoyable enough for me in certain parts, but it sadly lacked depth/development. I know not all romances need it, but as this sits at almost 400 pages, you'd think there'd be more substance. When I first saw Fake Date I didn't realise it was part of a series, but it works as a standalone too. I liked where the story was going initially, but the follow through wasn't quite there. This had a few sexy scenes, but the actual scenes are fade to black or very mildly sexy (imo), but I wasn't fussed. The build up of tension was great though, and it's honestly what kept me going (what can I say, I'm a sucker for the angst). I enjoyed Sarah's character well enough, although her indecisiveness got to me (literally one minute she didn't care about Jared's attention, and the next she's walking with an extra swing in her step so he'll notice her sexy hips). She kept repeating until the end that she didn't like Jared, even after they got together and all her emotions surfaced, and it just became a bit eye-roll inducing. I felt her character wasn't as well formed as she could've been, and that was a little disappointing. I loved her relationship with her siblings and her friends though, and I wanted more of that! When it comes to Jared... Look, y'all know we love a good grumpy bear of a hero who changes as he lets the heroine chip away at his very high and strong walls, teaching him how to love again, how to be civil to people again, etc. etc. It heightens the tension between characters and gives you all the angsty drama feels, and usually without too much drawn out drama. Unfortunately, Jared was a bit too much of an asshole and he never really changed by the end. We were told by various characters half-way through that he was changing, but we're never really shown it; and when we do see it, the change was so abrupt that it felt forced. I understand that those walls came up because of the losses he experienced, but I felt that his attitude was entirely OTT. Some of the things he'd say were waay out of line and it angered me that each time he'd say something degrading or rude, he'd need someone to point out what a douchebag he was being and who'd force him to apologise. Like, are you seriously that dense, mate? I liked that Sarah didn't let him get away with shit, but she's also not his mother and shouldn't be continuously reprimanding him for his bad behaviour. My favorite part about this book is the group of strong supportive women though. This is what every woman needs in their life: friends who tell it like it is without being vindictive or catty, and who support you wholeheartedly. I loved that there were so many women supporting women scenes, even between the would be 'enemy'. It's so refreshing and much needed in romances! Overall, while I'm a little disappointed in how it turned out, I'm still glad I picked this up because the blurb really caught my eye. Will I read the first book of the series? I'm not sure. But I think I'd like to check out book three because Candice's character really grew on me and I want to hear more about her!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Fake Date, the second book in Monica Murphy's Dating series. This book focuses on Sarah Harrison. She works at a high class lingerie store and while the work is fine, it isn't perhaps her dream job. That said, it pays the bills and with a younger sister at home still in high school and an older brother who hasn't quite made the move to full adulthood, she is the main support for her family. The job pays well even if she doesn't always enjoy I am thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Fake Date, the second book in Monica Murphy's Dating series. This book focuses on Sarah Harrison. She works at a high class lingerie store and while the work is fine, it isn't perhaps her dream job. That said, it pays the bills and with a younger sister at home still in high school and an older brother who hasn't quite made the move to full adulthood, she is the main support for her family. The job pays well even if she doesn't always enjoy dealing with some of her clients. One client in particular, Jared Gaines, is wealthy, sexy, and a bit of a jerk. But they have a spark and Jared knows it.  When Jared starts sending Sarah fancy lingerie, she isn't sure whether to be offended or intrigued. But then Jared needs her help. He needs a date to his brother's engagement party and Sarah is the first person who comes to mind. It doesn't help that they have fantastic chemistry. Jared is rather closed off and not interested in any deep relationships. He gave his heart once and it ended badly. But he can't deny he is intrigued by Sarah. I was excited for this book from the very beginning. I like the banter Sarah and Jared shared. Despite sending her lingerie and other expensive gifts, I never found it creepy. Their power dynamic together is very equal and Jared never seemed skeevy to me.  I really liked the way these two were put together and kind of forced to get to know each other in a tight time frame. I think it moved their relationship along swiftly in a positive way. It didn't feel rushed but rather, exciting! I just wish, as Sarah herself points out, Jared hadn't held back some very important information about the engagement party they were walking into. It creates the kind of fake conflict I'm not a fan of (nor is Sarah, the character!). All in all though, Fake Date is a contemporary romance winner. It moves quickly and there is just a fabulous rapport between these characters. And Monica Murphy doesn't shirk on the friend time either! I really enjoy Sarah's friend group and I look forward to more stories featuring them. Great story!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I thought this was cute from start to finish and read this pretty much in one sitting. I loved the back and forth between Sarah and Jared, and how just below the surface feelings weren't quite so antagonistic, despite their outward behavior towards each other. I have to admit I was a bit skeeved that he was going into Bliss seemingly to purchase lingerie for his lovers while feeling some type of way about Sarah, until it all began to click for me what he was actually doing. I have not I thought this was cute from start to finish and read this pretty much in one sitting. I loved the back and forth between Sarah and Jared, and how just below the surface feelings weren't quite so antagonistic, despite their outward behavior towards each other. I have to admit I was a bit skeeved that he was going into Bliss seemingly to purchase lingerie for his lovers while feeling some type of way about Sarah, until it all began to click for me what he was actually doing. I have nothing but respect for Sarah, being the one to step up and take care of her two younger siblings after the untimely deaths of their parents; and at a relatively young age, she's not been able to be the typical twentysomething who can just let loose and have a fantastic time with life. I love that she's got a great support system in her close group of friends who give her sound advice and will also poke fun at her out friendship and love. Jared works for the family business although he does his best to avoid his family, with the exception of his younger sister Candice who pretty much inserts herself into his life. He's blunt to the point of being rude, and Sarah seems to be the one to call him out on his behavior. One thing I did wonder about while reading this was if Jared was always as rude as he is, or is that a manifestation of the loss of one parent, the subsequent second marriage by the surviving parent and what happened with his previous relationship. As with the formula for these stories, there's always the buildup to what's going to happen to throw a curveball into the budding relationship and that does happen and I can say it's definitely all on Jared; no one should be blindsided the way Sarah was (unless it's the story's antagonist, they always deserve that).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Krystel

    I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I am huge fan of Monica's work, but with this series I'm having a hard time connecting with female main characters. I found Sarah to be a chicken which is not usual for Monica's other characters. And Jared he just made me mad a lot. I am however excited for Candice work because I absolutely loved her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    ***ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR via NetGalley*** Sarah and Jared didn't work for me. There was something about their relationship that just never seemed to be realistic, and I never really felt engaged with the story. I think it was the way they met that worked in the blurb but when it became the actual story felt...odd. Whatever the reason, this was my first title by this author so I am sure I will try her again, but this one didn't work for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Murphy creates delightful romance. Fake Date lays on the charm with a hint of obvious and more than enough heart. Jared and Sarah are a riot. She makes you want to laugh, he makes you want to scream and they both kept me craving more. Sometimes our emotions need a chance to take a breather and find the smile that hides within. Monica Murphy is the perfect fit for bringing out the fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thank you Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for a copy of Fake Date by Monica Murphy for review. This lighthearted fun read is available now! I really liked this one. Sarah works in a lingerie store and one of her rich private shopping clients starts coming in more often. When he starts sending her gifts, she is confused and interested all at the same time. Jared finally asks her on a date, to a family wedding. He wants her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the weekend. I really lik Thank you Social Butterfly PR and Netgalley for a copy of Fake Date by Monica Murphy for review. This lighthearted fun read is available now! I really liked this one. Sarah works in a lingerie store and one of her rich private shopping clients starts coming in more often. When he starts sending her gifts, she is confused and interested all at the same time. Jared finally asks her on a date, to a family wedding. He wants her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the weekend. I really liked Jared and Sarah. Jared was easy to dislike but as we understood more of his story, I really started rooting for him. Sarah was a nice girl who did not put up with his attitude and I appreciated seeing a woman stand up for herself, although so did go along with a crazy plan for no real reason. A fun, light read. A few steamy scenes but mostly a lot of banter.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Berna

    They don’t like each other first and then suddenly they like each other, break up and fell in love. It was quick read and boring. There wasn’t any chemistry.

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